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Statement of PAFI President Jamal al-Dhari on Iraqi Government Reform Initiative

Iraq is in desperate need of reform and has been for a long time. As long as Iraq’s political system continues to be corrupt, exclusionary, and non-transparent, groups such as ISIS and the Iranian-supported militias will continue to arise and fuel conflict. In the Corruption Perceptions Index 2014 by Transparency International, Iraq faired very poorly. Iraq has the highest perception ... Read More »

ISIS “Daesh” and prospects for chemical warfare

Prior to the 1991 Gulf war, Iraq had an arsenal of chemical weapons that included aerial bombs, artillery shells, rockets and scud missiles warheads stockpiled at Al-Muthana Complex – a chemical weapons production and storage facility located 20 kilometers south of Samarra, according to Western sources. The underground storage structure was built of thick and reinforced concrete and covered with ... Read More »

The United States has no good options on Syria

By Dennis Ross Dennis Ross, a counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, was a special assistant to President Obama from 2009 to 2011. It should come as no surprise that the Obama administration continues to wrestle with its approach to Syria. There are no good options in a war that has claimed 200,000 lives and displaced nearly ... Read More »